adventures of tom sayer



ebruary 17, 1992
English: Book Report 7-K


I. Introduction

A. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain

B. This type of book is realistic fiction.

C. The main character is Thomas Sawyer, a twelve year old
boy, whose parents are dead. Tom lives with his aunt, Polly. Tom
is busy either making trouble or thinking up new schemes. Another
character is Huckelberry Finn, hated by all mothers and loved by
all children. Tom is friends with Huck and they share many
adventures together. Becky Thatcher, the daughter of a judge, who
likes Tom but sometimes fights with him. Injun Joe is an indian
who kills someone named Dr. Robinson and makes everyone believe
that the real killer is a man named Muff Potter. Mr. Potter, a
nice man, helps Tom and Huck to fish and fly kites.

D. This story takes place in St. Petersburg, Missouri, in the
mid-1800\'s.

E. The main problem in this story is the many ways which Tom
tries to avoid Injun Joe because as a witness to the murder of Dr.
Robinson, Injun Joe is trying to kill Tom. Poor Tom also has to
deal with being punished on a Saturday when he could be out
playing. The last problem is how Becky and Tom will escape from a
cave.


II.
Tom, Sid, Tom\' half brother, and Tom\'s Aunt Polly were sitting
down at the table eating supper. Aunt Polly asked Tom questions
hinting that she suspected him of playing hooky and going swimming
instead of going to school. Aunt Polly gave up but then Sid
pointed out that Tom had a different color thread than the one Aunt
Polly sewed on Tom\'s collar. Tom\'s punishment was to whitewash the
fence, but Tom wanted to go out and play. Tom used reverse
psychology to make his friends think that whitewashing was an honor
and they even gave him trinkets for the honor of whitewashing the
fence.
At school, Tom meets a new girl, Becky Thatcher, daughter of
Judge Thatcher. Becky and Tom both like each other but Tom
mentioned that he was engaged to Amy, and Becky hated him for it.
Tom and his friend Huck go to the cemetery with a dead cat, a
supposed wart cure. While at the cemetery they see Injun Joe kill
Dr. Robinson while blaming Muff Potter. Both Tom and Huck swear to
themselves that they will not say a thing about the murder.
One day when looking for treasures in a haunted house, Tom and
Huck overhear Injun Joe talking with another man about finding
treasures. Tom and Huck decide to track the men in order to find
the treasures which the men hide in "the number 2".


Becky invites Tom to a picnic and they both end up getting
lost inside a cave. Finally they find an opening in the cave and
slip out without Injun Joe, who was there, realizing that Tom and
Becky were there too. Becky\'s father decides to seal the cave so
that no one will get lost in there. Tom asks that Judge Thatcher
open the cave and they find Injun Joe\'s dead body. Tom returns to
the cave with Huck and they notice a number 2 printed on the wall,
the mark of the hidden treasure. Tom and Huck find the treasures
under a big rock and bring their wealth back with them from the
cave.


III.
A. My favorite character is Huck Finn because he is so free
and doesn\'t worry about school or parents. He has the freedom to
pick up Tom in the middle of the night and not worry about being
caught. While the other children in the book are at school, Huck
is relaxing and probably smoking without being criticized or
punished for doing it.


IV.
I enjoyed reading this book because it has many ideas and
adventures that I can easily relate to. This book was not hard to
follow but it did have some challenging vocabulary words.


V. I would rate this book, on a scale of 1 - 5, a 4. I would
recommend this book because it was put together nicely and well
written. Mark Twain is a fine writer who writes interestingly,
using metaphors, similes, etc.


VI. 1. vise - noun, a two jawed instrument which holds things
steady while they are being worked on.
2.